Wednesday Speed Read: Houston, Rick Perry, Florida, California Primaries

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service


A “No Unequal Rights Coalition” launched a website Tuesday to circulate petitions in hopes of putting a referendum on Houston’s November ballot to repeal the city’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The top of the petition states, in bold type, “Biological males ARE IN FACT allowed to enter women’s restrooms in Houston under Mayor Annise Parker’s ‘Equal Rights Ordinance’, thereby threatening the physical and emotional safety of our women and children. Her ERO (sic) creates Unequal Rights for a tiny group of people by taking away rights of safety and privacy for the vast majority of our women and children!” The website notes that the group has until June 27 to collect at least 17,000 signatures. If it obtains enough signatures, the issue goes back to the Houston City Council, which can either repeal the ordinance or place the issue on the November ballot.


In a June 2 letter to his congregation, Laurence White, who obtained his doctorate from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, warns that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance “would (literally) open the door to sexual predators, pedophiles, and rapists to gain easy access to their desired victims with legal sanction.”


Texas Governor Rick Perry and Houston Mayor Annise Parker held a joint press conference Tuesday to announce a statewide campaign to educate the public about human trafficking. The campaign calls for public services messages on taxicabs, public buses, billboards, and radio and television, encouraging people to call in reports of suspicious activity. According to the mayor’s office, Texas accounts for the second highest number of reports of human trafficking (following California) and Houston the highest number in Texas.


A Florida circuit court judge in Miami on Tuesday denied a request by three anti-gay groups to intervene in a lawsuit testing that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. In Pareto v. Ruvin, Judge Sarah Zabel said the groups, which helped pass the ban, “will not be directly and immediately affected if others enter into a same-sex marriage or are prevented from entering into a same-sex marriage.” The judge said the groups could file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, which is scheduled for a hearing on July 2.


Openly gay candidates seemed to be doing very well in the early returns of yesterday’s elections in California. Three openly gay state Assembly candidates appeared to handily win their Democratic primary races Tuesday: Incumbent Toni Atkins, who just took over the gavel as the Assembly’s first openly lesbian speaker, and Richard Gordon of Sunnyvale each had 59 percent of the vote soon after the polls closed; newcomer Evan Low had 40 percent (update: wins) in San Jose. Bonnie Dumanis appears to have won her race for San Diego District Attorney with 55 percent of the vote. Kevin Beiser was holding 68 percent (update: wins) in his race for a San Diego Unified School District seat. Jill Ravitch won 69 percent of the vote in her run to be Sonoma County District Attorney. Ken Yeager was uncontested in his race for a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The question marks at deadline were the first openly gay Speaker of the California Assembly, John Perez (pictured), in a very tight race in his bid to run for State Controller, and Sheila Kuehl is leading the field for a highly contested seat on the Los Angeles County Board. Former West Hollywood Councilman John Duran appears to be trailing in third in that race.

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  1. Ernie says

    Once again, gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights are imperiled because we are forced to link every gay civil rights bill to transgender baggage. These are 2 separate issues and should NOT be lumped together. If this goes down, LGBs will once again have been victimized by LGBT. Just as happened in Anchorage AK, Lincoln, NE, and three cities in Kansas.

  2. Kenneth says

    Ernie, go join NOM, if you aren’t already a chater member, you clearly have the NOM-nut mentality!

  3. Hanni says

    Kenneth wtf are you talking about? Ernie supports LGB rights. Pretty sure that does not make him NOM material.

    Ernie, I pretty much agree with you. There is no reason why every single gay rights discussion has to get twisted up with transsexuals and crossdressers. Those issues can be addressed, but they don’t have to be part of an LGB bill. We need to stop this idea that gay people are incomplete without transsexuals or that gay rights are not worth passing unless there is a clause that deals with transsexual pooping issues.

  4. rick perry says

    Rick/Perry has stolen another screen name Ernie to avoid detection. You may have noticed the Rick’s style and many of his posts deleted by moderators. His arguments are getting tired. His posts now are just some cut and paste jobs. He is a right wing angry evolution global warming denying troll like the man in the above picture.

  5. Princely says

    Long Beach, CA voted in its first gay mayor as well! He also happens to be the first Latino and our youngest mayor in history. Congratulations Robert Garcia!!

  6. Kenneth says

    If I have to explain wtf I am talking about, you are just as bad as ernie, though more than likely, you are the same tired troll. Since clearly I do, here’s the T – NOM uses any issue, distraction or subterfuge in their power to divide and, at least in their minds, conquer. Trans people ARE part of our greater community, and as such, their struggles are ours. If you, or ernie, rick, jason, et al are too insensitive to understand that, then you are in sync with NOM. There was a time when gay men cried that our struggle is not the same as that of gay women, that we need a black pride and a white pride, blah, blah, blah. We are one community and there is greater strength in unity. Get over yourself!

  7. Nat says

    Wait… so is “No ≠ Rights” for Equal rights since their name has a double negative? Or hell, even if you read it, it reads: No Unequal Rights; therefore, equal rights.

  8. Randy says

    Rick Perry and Houston Mayor Annise Parker
    “educate the public about human trafficking”

    We’re educated. Somaly Mam, one of the faces of the human trafficking hysteria, was just proven to have been a fraud, and not only lied about her own past, but forced others under her control to lie about their pasts as well. There was no sex trafficking.